Palma Pictures is one of the world’s leading production service companies. We are based on the island of Mallorca and cater to a global client base.
The company was founded in 1993 by Ola and Grete Holmgren, a renowned Swedish commercial producer. He was one of the first industry professionals to recognize the filming potential the island had to offer in terms of locations, climate and proximity. Originally operating out of a small office in the heart of Palma’s old town, this entrepreneur’s new venture was christened Palma Pictures.
The original team was made up of a mixture of enthusiastic locals and foreign residents and today one of the company’s strengths continues to be its diversity borne from this eclectic mixture of cultures and backgrounds. English and Spanish are spoken by all the crew. Other languages include Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and Finnish.
The company now employs 45 full-time staff and collaborates regularly with a wide selection of local freelancers while maintaining strong relationships with specialized crew from mainland Spain. The 4,500m2 studio complex was commissioned in 1998 in order to provide state-of-the-art facilities for visiting productions and was opened in 2000. Improvements are constantly being made and site expansion plans drawn up.
Palma Pictures has provided service for over 850 commercials and 20 feature films. In 2007, the company began to cater to the world of photo shoots and now boasts a dedicated Photoshoot Division. 2007 also saw Mike Day, Managing Director, Trent Walton, Executive Producer and Ramón Caravaca, Financial Director, become partners in the company.
Palma Pictures is committed to being a socially responsible company. We work together on a daily basis with crew, clients and suppliers to help create a more sustainable approach to high-quality film production. We aim to minimize our environmental footprint, to create a great workplace for our employees and clients and to promote diversity within the company.
Palma Pictures has strong ties with the local government and authorities and in 2003 received three awards for contributions to tourism and the local economy: Placa de Plata from Fomento del Turismo de Mallorca; Emprendador del Año y Mejor Empresa Innovadora from Ernst & Young / Expansión and Popular del Año from the national radio station Cadena COPE.
In September 2009 Palma Pictures was awarded the Chamber of Commerce's annual prize for the company's role in the continuing promotion of the Island and for successfully developing a new industry which has contributed to the development of Mallorca and the local economy. And recently Ola Holmgren, founder of Palma Pictures, was awarded the Jaume II prize by the Consell Insular de Mallorca on the occasion of La Diada, Independence Day, also as recognition for the company's promotion of the Island both locally and internationally.